FRANCESCO MOLINARI admitted his achievements this year had surpassed his wildest dreams after winning the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
The 36-year-old’s status as European No.1 was officially confirmed at the DP World Tour Championship as soon as Tommy Fleetwood was unable to claim the victory he required to overhaul his good friend.
‘Incredible, incredible,’ said Molinari, who embraced Fleetwood on the clubhouse steps. ‘I’m going to have time to sit down and relax and think back about the last few months.
‘I’m struggling for words. It’s more than I ever dreamed of achieving. I’ve seen guys I think are better players than me not winning majors and not winning Order of Merits or Race to Dubai. To achieve those things in one single season, is just incredible.’
Molinari became the first Italian to win a major when he claimed the Open Championship at Carnoustie in July, which followed victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and a maiden PGA Tour title in the Quicken Loans National.
He then became the first European to compile a perfect 5-0 record during their Ryder Cup victory at Le Golf National in September, having already teamed up with Englishman Fleetwood to make history as the first European pair to win all four of their matches together.